What evidence does Ahmadinejad has for denying the Jewish Holocaust?
Ahmadinejad is the Iranian President.
- kismetLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
By denying the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad is setting the cognitive conditions for the annihilation of Israel for the international Left by presenting Israel's existence as a direct result of the Holocaust. As Iran's Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said, "If the official version of the Holocaust is thrown into doubt, then the identity and nature of Israel will be thrown into doubt."
In short, Iran views Holocaust denial as a strategic propaganda tool. By downgrading the Holocaust, Iran mobilizes supporters and paralyzes potential opponents. Its coupling of the last Holocaust with the one it signals daily it intends to carry out wins it support among the Nazis and the Sunnis alike. Its presentation of the Holocaust as a myth used to exploit Muslims wins its support in the international Left which increasingly views Israel as an illegitimate state. So by denying the Holocaust Iran raises its leadership profile both regionally and globally.
Indeed, even if the Left doesn't buy into Holocaust denial, it can still agree with Iran's conclusion that Israel has no right to exist. As Mottaki explained, "If during this [Holocaust denial conference] it is proved that the Holocaust was a historical reality, then what is the reason for the Muslim people of the region and the Palestinians having to pay the cost of the Nazis' crimes?"
So from Mottaki's perspective, Israel is illegitimate whether the Holocaust happened or not. In making this point, Mottaki closed the gap between Iran and a loud chorus of voices in both Europe and the US who claim that Israel was established only because of European guilt over the Holocaust and consequently the Jewish state has no inherent legitimacy. This is a view that even Jewish leftists like Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen and New York University Professor Tony Judt have expressed.
Inevitably, those who hold this view come to believe that Israel has no right to defend itself. After all, if Israel is but an illegal European colony on stolen Arab lands, then any act of self-defense that Israel takes is by definition an act of aggression. So from this perspective, all Israel can do is give away land and accept that it must pay for all the pathologies of the Arab world.
The view that every problem in the region is somehow or other bound up in Israel's stubborn refusal to disappear is clearly reflected also in the policy prescriptions of the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group, in former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Semitic attacks against Israel and in the position paper authored by professors Steve Walt and John Mearsheimer about the so-called "Israel Lobby".
- Anonymous1 decade ago
There are many who deny the Holocaust outright, but they are a minority of the minority. Most Holocaust deniers are actually denying the extent with which it is claimed to have occurred.
I am in no way defending either category, as both postulations are absurd, but we should at least understand what we are dealing with. If you want to know their evidence and a great refutation of that evidence, try reading "Why People Believe Weird Things", by Michael Shermer.
- 1 decade ago
TL has an excellent list of holocaust deniers.
- was removed from his university tenure position because he fabricates quotes & research.
- lost the lawsuit to Debbie (last name?) in which he tried to prove he wasn't slandering.
Ahmandinejad takes his positions from David Irving -- a David Duke want to be nut of the first order.
- FrankieLv 61 decade ago
He is blinded with hatred toward the Jewish people. He said the Jew's are like a stinking corpse to him and he wants to wipe them off the map. Obama says they are just a tiny country and they are no threat to anyone. The man's an idiot.
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- tugar357Lv 51 decade ago
Achmed BadDinnerJacket has no proof. Just running his mouth about the utter destruction of a country he was brought up to hate. Yet another bigot who wishes he could start the next Jewish Holocaust.
- 1 decade ago
There is No evidence in his denial of the truth and there is Undeniable evidence to the truth that sadly the Holocaust did happen, he is spouting Anti Jewish propaganda in his case he is an Anti Semitic.
- ...Lv 41 decade ago
Beats me. How could ANYONE not believe in a Holocaust? The killing of 6 mill people...not real?!?
I guess they just think that people are making it up for some reason since not many other countries knew about it at the time.
- madartLv 61 decade ago
He held a conference on that topic last year.
You can read the below article but it is really more about being anti Israel than anything else.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
None, it is a belief common among Muslims. It makes them feel better about fighting against Israel.
- FoolLv 61 decade ago
To deny the holocaust is to deny Christ